By John T. Bennett - 11/30/11 10:47 PM EST
The upper chamber approved an amendment to the 2012 Pentagon policy bill that would mandate the administration conduct "an urgent" intelligence assessment about some 20,000 Libyan portable missile systems, according to a summary of the amendment.
The amendment also requires the White House to put in place a new plan to "mitigate this threat," states the summary.
The amendment was crafted by Sens. Susan Collins (R-Maine), Jeanne Shaheen (D-N.H.) and Bob Casey (D-Penn.).
“Locating and securing these weapons is crucial to protecting our airways as we address concerning reports of unsecured and looted stockpiles of tens-of-thousands of shoulder-fired missiles in Libya," Shaheen said in a statement. "If these weapons fall into the wrong hands, they pose a serious threat to Americans who rely on air travel, our deployed forces abroad, and civil aviation worldwide."